This Clever Craigslist Search Tip Could Save You Big

This Clever Craigslist Search Tip Could Save You Big

Adrienne Breaux
Nov 27, 2018
(Image credit: Elissa Crowe)

If you've ever been impressed with how many times you've spotted "Craigslist" in the resource list of a particularly beautiful house tour and wondered how on earth they were able to find such style steals at great prices, this tip's for you.

(Image credit: Desiré van den Berg)

This tip actually comes from a recent house call, the home of a photographer who was able to decorate a rental apartment in a way that looks much more expensive than it is. The space definitely has a "vintage" look, but like, 1stdibs or Design Within Reach vibes. Amazingly, much of the furnishings are secondhand and found on Craigslist:

(Image credit: Desiré van den Berg)

Skip the style word search

"If you're like me and you don't like the idea of spending too much money on furniture, look for secondhand furniture online by describing materials as opposed to describing style. I noticed a lot of the cheapest finds are being sold by people who don't know what it's worth and have no idea about interior design trends. So don't use words like 'mid-century' or 'Scandinavian,' but words like 'brass and glass table' and 'chrome chair,'" wrote Desiré van den Berg.

(Image credit: Minette Hand)

More Craigslist shopping secrets:

Desiré isn't the only person who's shared Craigslist tips in a tour of their home. Below, some more ideas from house tours that were furnished by Craigslist fans:

Check it often

Rachael Bennett claims to be an avid Craigslister, and says part of her success on the site is checking it multiple times a day.

Set alerts

Allison Shiman had a more patient, passive approach to using the website when furnishing her studio apartment: "I set different alerts on Craigslist and waited for the items to come to me. My friends sometimes can't believe all of my pieces are used."

Take a chance on the free section

Don't be afraid to check out the free section, like Jag and Agata did when decorating their townhouse. "Aside from the sofas and beds and one dresser, every piece of furniture in our home is secondhand, many of them found free on Craigslist."

Don't lose heart

As Sarah Lyon wrote: "There are gems on that site, trust me! It just takes some patience, and once you find something you like, you have to move quickly!"

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